With the Expansion Draft set for Wednesday, Dec. 10, the New England Revolution and the 18 other MLS teams announced their lists of protected players on Monday evening.
Each team is allowed to make eleven players ineligible for selection. Generation Adidas players and homegrown products that are on the Supplemental Roster are automatically protected. When it comes to international players, teams may make available three less than their total.
The Revolution protected many of the starters that played in the MLS Cup Final, including Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen, and Jose Goncalves. Teal Bunbury, who is reportedly out of contract after this season, is also on the list.
The Revolution’s list of available players includes important contributors like Patrick Mullins, Darrius Barnes and Steve Neumann. AJ Soares, who is rumored to be exploring European options, has also been left exposed.
One name that appears on the unprotected list that is actually safe is Diego Fagundez. The teenager, who recently earned a call up to Uruguay’s U-20 team, will avoid selection because of a deal that is in place between the Revolution and both NYCFC and Orlando City SC. Club president Brian Bilello revealed the news via Twitter:
We executed a trade with Orlando and NYCFC which will restult in Diego not being taken in the ex draft. He'll be with #NERevs next year— Brian Bilello (@RevsPrez) December 8, 2014
Orlando Sentinel reporter Paul Tenorio gave more information about the deal when he sent the following tweet:
Per Bilello's tweet, can confirm Orlando City and NYCFC received allocation money in exchange for not taking Diego Fagundez.— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) December 9, 2014
Below is a list of available and unavailable players for the Revolution:
Homegrown Players exempt from selection